Sick days falling, but at what cost, as new report shows rise in presenteeism
May16

Sick days falling, but at what cost, as new report shows rise in presenteeism

The fourth edition of the Aviva Working Lives Report, released today, shows shockingly that seven in ten UK employees – equivalent to 18 million nationally – have gone to work unwell when they should have taken the day off.   In contrast, less than a quarter (23%) say they have taken a day off work sick when they were not actually unwell, indicating that UK employees are three times more likely to go to work unwell than they are...

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The importance of HR in building an effective workplace culture
May04

The importance of HR in building an effective workplace culture

Guest post by Kelly Tucker, Director of HR Star Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that, on average, people in the UK spend 31 hours a week in work (33 if you work in London). On top of that, research has also shown that around a quarter of people leave their job because they feel ‘burnt out’. With so much of our time, and indeed lives, spent in work, it’s unsurprising that so many people are left feeling...

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Top tips for developing and motivating staff
Apr20

Top tips for developing and motivating staff

Peninsula’s Peter Done shares his three crucial tips on how employers can successfully develop their employees A business is only as strong as the people who operate within it. This is a sentiment, which is echoed in the organisational structure that has been built at Peninsula. The business mantra is “success starts here” so it is important to acknowledge that without the hard work and dedication of the talented individuals...

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Breaking-down the recognition barriers
Apr20

Breaking-down the recognition barriers

By Robert Ordever, Executive Director, O.C. Tanner Europe www.octanner.co.uk When was the last time you recognised a colleague’s great work? Was it today? Yesterday? Last week or was it such a long time ago you can’t remember? If you haven’t openly appreciated a co-worker for some time you aren’t alone. Research from the O.C. Tanner Institute* highlights that 29 per cent of employees surveyed had last given recognition over a month...

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Wales officially has the UK’s happiest workers – but the UK as a whole has much room for improvement
Apr18

Wales officially has the UK’s happiest workers – but the UK as a whole has much room for improvement

Office Genie surveyed 2,000 UK office workers and asked them about factors affecting their happiness in the workplace. Happiness levels were rated out of 5, with the average level of workplace happiness for British employees scoring at 3.63/5.  The findings made interesting reading: Welsh workers are happiest and Northern Ireland workers the least happy Overall, the report found little differentiation between the regions, but of the...

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AXA apprenticeship scheme recognised for boosting youth employment in Glasgow
Apr13

AXA apprenticeship scheme recognised for boosting youth employment in Glasgow

AXA Business Insurance has just been named Employer of the Month by Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow. DYW Glasgow, which is supported by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, aims to increase industry links with education and move more young people into work. Today’s award recognises AXA’s role in piloting Scotland’s first Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services, which provides school pupils with flexible work-study placements in...

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How Seasonal is Your Workforce’s Productivity?
Apr13

How Seasonal is Your Workforce’s Productivity?

Guest blog by  Senior Recruiter, Lexie Newnham, Expert Market The brighter mornings and sunnier days of spring are something most of us look forward to every year. For many, the change of season means leaving the office with some of the day still left to enjoy after months of trudging home in the cold dark nights of winter. The warmer weather often brings a more relaxed atmosphere into any office, but how can you ensure your staff...

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Finding a creative solution to the productivity problem
Mar31

Finding a creative solution to the productivity problem

Guest post by Guy Kirkwood, COO and Chief Evangelist at UiPath It will come as no surprise to hear that the UK is still embroiled in a productivity slump, in fact, it’s something that businesses have had to contend with for a number of years. The most recent statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that labour productivity remains weak and lower than pre-crisis levels, making it more crucial than ever for...

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The 5 common mistakes leaders make in reward and recognition
Mar30

The 5 common mistakes leaders make in reward and recognition

Guest blog from Sat Sindhar, Managing Director of People HR Recognition and appreciation are possibly the most powerful reward and motivation tools in your arsenal. But while we see plenty of advice telling us we should be using recognition as a reward, there are not many people willing to talk about how NOT to do it. So today, I’m going to talk you through five common mistakes business leaders make, while trying to recognise and...

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Shock as 48% of staff say they are ‘unhappy’ at work
Mar27

Shock as 48% of staff say they are ‘unhappy’ at work

Personal Group, a leading provider of employee services in the UK, has unveiled the findings of its Hapi Survey as part of an upcoming report on The Business of Engagement: Improving Productivity through People. The results show that a shocking 48 percent of employees are not often happy at work and that almost one in five are rarely or never happy at work. When considered alongside the research from the University of Warwick that...

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Staff loyalty officially worth a quarter of the average worker’s salary
Mar22

Staff loyalty officially worth a quarter of the average worker’s salary

Ever wondered what the value of a loyal employee is?  New research has assigned that value in cold, hard cash. Research published in the Loyalty Premium Report 2017, published by rewards and incentives provider, One4all Rewards, investigated a number of costs involved in staff departures, and revealed the value of loyalty, based on the average UK salary of £27,645, stands at £6,335.31 per employee – or 23% of the average annual...

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Millenials thrive best in a culture of recognition, finds study
Mar14

Millenials thrive best in a culture of recognition, finds study

Millennials who show an appreciation of their colleagues, known as ‘giving recognition’, have a desire to work harder, according to a study released by The O.C. Tanner Institute. However it’s not only millenials – the study also shows that UK workers who frequently ‘recognise’ their colleagues are more motivated and innovative with greater organisational pride than those workers who ‘never/rarely’ give recognition. The...

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